The Neighborly Notice - Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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Debbie Helsley

Jun 4, 2024, 2:58:05 PMJun 4

The Neighborly Notice

Vol. 17, No. 20 – Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, we report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods. Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 865-215-3232. News deadline: 12 noon on Fridays.

Newsletter (PDF version):
1.  Cumberland Estates Plans Garage Sale
2.  Please Welcome Jaya!
3.  What is the Neighboring Movement?
4.  Safety City Opens to the Public
5.  Apply for Parks and Recreation’s Challenge Grant
6.  Kid A'Riffic Begins This Week
7.  Health Department Offers Free Dental for Kids
8.  Community Mediation Center Sponsors 5K
9.  Bridge Refugee Celebrates World Refugee Day
10.  June is Pollinator Month
11.  Knoxville Neighborhoods Calendar (click link for online calendar)

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Published by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, we report news important to Knoxville’s residential neighborhoods. Include your neighborhood-related event or meeting in this space. Call 865-215-3232. News deadline: 12 noon on Fridays.
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1.  Cumberland Estates Plans Garage Sale
Cumberland Estates West Neighborhood Watch will hold a neighborhood Garage sale on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9.
You can drive around the neighborhood and see signs at the houses that will be participating.  The best way into the neighborhood is off Western Avenue on to Palmetto Road.  Streets on the left side, like Royalview, Landon, and Deerfield are part of the neighborhood.
Some of the proceeds will help fund their Annual Chili Fest in the fall.
If your neighborhood is hosting an activity, or you want to share an event you have held, please let Debbie Sharp know at, and we will post it in The Neighborly Notice.
2.  Please Welcome Jaya!
The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment’s Summer in the City intern started this week. Meet Jaya Shankar, who graduated from West High School two weeks ago!  She is a highly motivated new graduate who volunteers with the YWCA, the Fish Pantry, Bearden Library, in clean-ups, and as a French tutor. 
She is passionate about policymaking and advocacy around accessibility for folks with disabilities.  She speaks French, plays classical piano, and she participated in Model UN!
3.  What is the Neighboring Movement?
Connect Knox, a program of Leadership Knoxville, is a community-centered initiative whose primary purpose is connecting people to people and new ideas, all to build a better Knoxville. 
Connect Knox is focused on a Neighboring Movement to encourage everyone in the community to build genuine relationships where they live. The idea is simple: they are challenging all Knoxville neighbors to take a small step to get to know your neighbors.
The box in the center of the above grid represents your house; the eight boxes around it represents your immediate neighbors. Can you complete the Neighboring Challenge?
  • Write the names of your neighbors.
  • Write something you know from a conversation you had with them.
  • Write any in-depth info you know after connecting with them.
How did you do? If you do not know them, are you willing to reach out to them? Even if you did well knowing these eight neighbors, are you willing to reach out to other neighbors and build community with them?
If you are interested in building community around you, consider taking time to get to know your neighbors. If this feels intimidating, have a friend go with you, take a care package of snacks as an icebreaker, or leave a note on the door with your phone number on it letting folks know that you would like to get to know them. 
Building community can break down walls and barriers, which can improve everyone’s lives. 
4.  Safety City Opens to Public
Are you looking for something fun and active to do with the kiddos this summer? Look no further than Safety City, the Community Service Project of the Knoxville Police Department.
This miniature version of Knoxville, located off S. Concord Street, is free to the public 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during June and July. Hours and dates are subject to change due to weather and other conditions.  Contact their office at to confirm schedules. 
The objective of Safety City is to teach elementary school children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and fire safety. The skills taught at Safety City will empower youngsters with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age.
Don’t forget to follow Safety City on Facebook.
5.  Apply for Parks and Recreation’s Challenge Grant
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department offers an annual Challenge Grant Program, which provides grant funding to non-profit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities within city limits. The grants are available to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) status community groups, homeowner associations, schools, Scout troops and other organizations.
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28.

In the past, grants have been used for playground equipment, water fountains, benches and landscaping. Challenge Grants may also be used to promote activities in City Parks and on Greenways.  Grants can provide match funds for various fitness classes such as Yoga, Tai Chi, or other activities.

In order to receive a grant, the projects are preferred to be on City-owned or -leased property, but must be related to a facility that is available to all residents on a yearly basis. See the City’s website for more information.
6.  Kid A'Riffic Begins This Week
The City’s Kid A’Riffic Fun in the Park, a free program for children age 2-12, is filled with activities, including crafts, games, and giveaways.  Each Wednesday event happens 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a different City park. This year’s locations are:
June 5 – Baxter Avenue Park and Knoxville Fire Station No. 3
June 12 – Chilhowee Park, including a Touch-A-Truck with City vehicles
June 19 – no event – due to the Juneteenth holiday
June 26 – Fort Kid
July 3 – no event – due to July 4th holiday
July 10 – Morningside Park
July 17 – Fountain City Park
July 24 – West Hills Park
July 31 – World’s Fair Park
Kid A’Riffic is a collaboration between multiple City departments – Special Events, Public Service, parks and Rec – are getting excited to have fun with our neighborhood families.
7.  Health Department Offers Free Dental for Kids
This summer, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is offering free dental appointments for children ages 4-12 on June 3-7, 10-14, 17-18, 20-21, and 24-28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Knox County Schools Welcome Center, 535 Chickamauga Ave.
This school-based Dental Prevention Program provides free dental services and education through the school year and over the summer. Children will receive oral-hygiene supplies and education based on their grade level, which includes: brushing, flossing, nutrition, mouth guard safety, oral cancer, sealants and fluoride varnish applications, dental check-up visits, and gum disease.
If you would like to make an appointment or even have the Dental Team visit your school program or early childhood education center to provide dental supplies and/or education, please call 865-215-5131. Interpreters will be available.
 8.  Community Mediation Center Sponsors 5K
The Community Mediation Center (CMC) is having their annual 5K spring fundraiser Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 9 a.m. with runners checking in at 7:30 a.m. at the Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave.
Run or walk, fast or slow, around Ijams' beautiful trails and City greenway. Registration is $45 for each adult and $15 for each child 10-16 years old. Children under 10 years old are free.
CMC is a nonprofit community mediation center in Knoxville, Tennessee. They have been mediating disputes since 1994, using well-trained volunteers who work in pairs as co-mediators to help people manage and resolve the conflict between them in order to deter to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation or violence.  They have assisted with neighborhood disputes in the past as well.
9.  Bridge Refugee Celebrates World Refugee Day
Bridge Refugees Services is hosting a free, citywide event to celebrate World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street. This event will feature international foods, vendors, and information from organizations assisting in refugee and international protected class resettlement.
Bridge Refugee Services is the only refugee and international protected class resettlement agency in East Tennessee, with offices in Knoxville and Chattanooga. Here in Knoxville, Bridge Refugee clients have arrived from countries including Afghanistan, Ukraine, Cuba, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Burundi, Iraq, Venezuela, Colombia, Sudan, and many others.
If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteering, you can contact Noah Jones, to sign up.
World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It normally falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
10.  June is Pollinator Month
June is the time to recognize the importance of pollinators and promote their conservation.  The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) started the month to raise awareness of pollinators, which are vital for the reproduction of flowering plants. 
Pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats transfer pollen to aid in the production of seeds, fruits, and vegetables.  Without pollinators, many plants would struggle to reproduce, leading to ecological imbalance and a decline in biodiversity. 
A great way to celebrate pollinators is to plant native plants in your yard.  Here is a link to the City’s website, where you can learn all about native plants, shrubs, trees, vines, etc. 
The City has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat with NWF since 2017. 
11.  Knoxville Neighborhoods Calendar (click link for online calendar)
Call 865-215-3232 to include your neighborhood event or meeting in this Google calendar.
Other Calendars
Additional online calendars that cover events outside the neighborhood realm include:  
The City of Knoxville requires a permit to operate a short-term rental property. Details and a list of short-term rental permits are located on the City’s website here.
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